Alumni

Former PhD Student (from 33rd cycle)

Greta Bagnolini

Greta Bagnolini

Cycle 33rd

Supervisor: Prof. Andrea Cavalli

Co-supervisor: Prof.ssa Marinella Roberti

PhD Thesis: Design and synthesis of BRCA2-RAD51 disruptors to induce synthetic lethality in cancer treatment

Andrea Balboni

Cycle 33rd

Filippo Basagni

Filippo Basagni

Cycle 33rd

Supervisor: Prof.ssa Michela Rosini.

PhD Project: Design and synthesis of small molecules to study-amyloid-mediated pathogenetic network in Alzheimer disease.

Graduated in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies at University of Bologna with 110 cum laude with a thesis based on the synthesis on novel multitarget drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer disease. He spent a research period at King’s College London in  Prof. Gee’s group working on the development of a new PET radiotracer labelled with 18F before starting his PhD in November 2017. His interests focus on synthesis of pharmacologic tools to investigate the mechanistic connection between the process of protein aggregation and neuroinflammation that characterizes Alzheimer disease.

Jessica Caciolla

Jessica Caciolla

Cycle 33rd

Supervisor:  Prof.ssa Silvia Gobbi

PhD Project: Design and synthesis of dual aromatase inhibitors and SERMs as potential agents targeting breast cancer. Starting from the structures of tamoxifen and of a molecule (present in literature) that is a good inhibitor of aromatase and has good affinity for ERs (Estrogen receptors), we are designing and synthesizing different series of molecules which present structural changes. The aim of this project is identifying new dual agents.

Federica D’Amico

Federica D’Amico

Cycle 33rd

Supervisor: Prof.ssa Patrizia Brigidi

PhD Project: Gut microbiota dynamics during the treatment with anticancer immunotherapy

Graduated cum laude in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at the University of Bologna; experimental thesis “Immunomodulatory and DNA damaging properties of the Salmonella typhoid toxin in in vivo and in vitro infection models” carried out at the Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm). The PhD research project is mainly focused on the study of the gut microbiota trajectory during the treatment with anticancer therapy in patients affected by different types of cancer (e.g. ovarian cancer, colorectal cancer, leukemia).

Teresa Tavella

Teresa Tavella

Cycle 33rd

Supervisor: Prof. Pier Luigi Martelli/Prof.ssa Patrizia Brigidi

PhD Project: "Computational analysis of mechanisms responsible for antibiotic resistance and xenobiotics metabolism in bacteria"

Sebastian Franco Ulloa

Sebastian Franco Ulloa

Cycle 33rd 

Supervisor: Marco De Vivo

PhD Project: Multiscale Simulations to Investigate Nanoparticle Internalization and Transport across the Cellular Membrane

Agnese Graziosi

Agnese Graziosi

Cycle 33rd

Supervisor: Prof.ssa Patrizia Hrelia

PhD Project: Identification of new preventive and therapeutic strategies for neurodegenerative diseases.

Degree in Pharmacy with laude. Her PhD research project is focused on the study of Alzheimer's disease and on new therapeutic strategies against this pathology. In particular, she investigates the role of compounds against neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s disease models.

 

Mariacaterina Lianza

Mariacaterina Lianza

Cycle 33rd

Supervisor: Ferruccio Poli

PhD Project: Metabolomic approach to plant-based drug discovery

ANNA VITA LAROCCA

Cycle 33rd

Irene Liparulo

Irene Liparulo

Cycle 33rd

Supervisor: Prof.ssa Romana Fato

PhD thesis: In vitro study of metabolic modifications induced by CoQ10 depletion

Graduated in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies in 2017 at the University of Bologna. Her PhD research project mainly focuses on CoQ10 (ubiquinone) function in cell metabolism. She investigates some steps of CoQ10 biosynthesis, trying to understand the molecular and pathological bases underlying the complex scenario behind primary CoQ10 deficiency.

Roberta Mazzucato

Roberta Mazzucato

Cycle 33rd

Supervisor: Prof. Marinella Roberti

External supervisor: Dr. Fabio Rancati (Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A.)

PhD Thesis: Design and synthesis of kinase inhibitors for the treatment of asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) - Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A.

 

Laura Rullo

Laura Rullo

Cycle 33rd

Supervisor: Prof.ssa Patrizia Romualdi

PhD Thesis"Role of epigenetic mechanisms and 26 S Proteasome in the development and management of Chronic Pa

SERENA VALENTINI

Cycle 33rd  

Camilla Marasca

Camilla Marasca

Cycle 34th

Supervisors: Andrea Cavalli / Laura Mercolini

External supervisor: Andrea Armirotti

PhD Project: Development and validation of advanced bioanalytical strategies with high degree of miniaturisation and automation

The PhD project is focused on the development of original analytical strategies based on the coupling between innovative miniaturised approaches and advanced mass spectrometric methods. All the steps of the methodology are fully validated as required by international guidelines.

Stefano Pezzini

Stefano Pezzini

Cycle 34th

Supervisor: Santi Mario Spampinato.

PhD Project: The role of Eph/ephrin system in glioblastoma and apoptosis

Serena Stamatakos

Serena Stamatakos

Cycle 34th

Supervisor: Prof.ssa Patrizia Romualdi

PhD Project" Involvement of BDNF pathway and epigenetic modifications in the effects induced by MDMA (ecstasy): neuropsychiatric correlates"

Silvia Lampis

Cycle 34th

Claudia Albertini

Claudia Albertini

 Cycle 34th 

Supervisor: Maria Laura Bolognesi

PhD project: "Polypharmacology by design: development of new conjugates for neurodegenerative diseases"

 

Chiara Cabrelle

Chiara Cabrelle

Cycle 34th

Supervisor: Maurizio Recanatini

PhD Project: Set up of a machine learning platform for applications in systems pharmacology

Master’s degree in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies (University of Padova, 2017). The PhD project is focused on building predictive models from multi-dimensional datasets using machine learning methods. The application field is systems pharmacology with the aim of translating data into therapeutic knowledge.

Irene Brusa

Cycle 34th

 

Federico Munafò

Federico Munafò

Cycle 34th

PhD Project : Targeting Polymerase-Eta as anti-cancer therapy

SupervisorMarco De Vivo

The research project, funded by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, is focused on the design and synthesis of new chemical entities to block Polymerase-Eta activity, which is a promising drug discovery target to treat cancer.

 

Beatrice Balboni

Beatrice Balboni

Cycle 34th

Supervisor: Prof. Andrea Cavalli

Co-Supervisor : Stefania Girotto

PhD Project: Biophysical approaches to characterize drug discovery related target

Assegnista di ricerca presso IIT - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Alessandro Reggiani

Alessandro Reggiani

Cycle 34th

Supervisor: Giorgio Gallinella

PhD Project: Reverse Genetics approaches for the study of Parvovirus B19

The PhD project is focused on the production and analysis of modified genomic clones of Parvovirus B19 to study the viral NS protein, an interesting target for antiviral drugs.

Bachelor Degree in Biotechnology at the University of Parma in 2015, then Master Degree in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at the University of Bologna in 2018.

Giovanni Madeo

Giovanni Madeo

Cycle 34th

Supervisor: Prof. Pier Luigi Martelli

PhD Thesis: Machine Learning Tools for Protein Annotation: the cases of transmembrane β-barrel and myristoylated proteins

Giovanna Picone

Giovanna Picone

Cycle 34th

Supervisor: Prof. Stefano Iotti

PhD Thesis: Study of bone biomineralization in 2D and 3D cultures of a human osteosarcoma cell line as osteoblast-like model